Four-Star Running Back Kaytron Allen Commits to Penn State

By Matthew Filipovits on July 16, 2021 at 5:13 pm
Four-star Penn State running back commit Kaytron Allen

Penn State continues to add to their impressive 2022 recruiting class, this time landing four-star running back Kaytron Allen.

Originally from Norfolk, VA, Allen attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. He was a one-time teammate of fellow Penn State commit Drew Shelton, who recently left IMG to return back to Downingtown for his final year of high school football.

The Allen File

  • Class: 2022
  • Size: 5'11/220
  • Pos: RB
  • School: IMG Academy (Norfolk, VA)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9471)
  • Composite Rank: No. 10 RB (No. 127 overall)

The Nittany Lions offered Allen all the way back in September 2019, right around when his recruitment really started to take off. The talented ball carrier also held offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, and Wisconsin among others. He visited Penn State the first weekend of June 2021 before trips to Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Michigan State.

At 5'11, 220 lbs., Allen is one of the biggest running backs James Franklin has ever recruited. Despite his size, he has great speed and is deceptively athletic. He's near impossible to bring down on first contact and can muscle through any arm tackle.

247Sports' Andrew Ivins said this about Allen:

Stout body type with the desired bulk for the position. Already up and over 200 pounds. A well-rounded running back that has produced ever since he arrived at the powerhouse that is IMG Academy. Quick out of the chute. Good vision at the line of scrimmage allows him to identify blocks and weave through traffic. Elite start/stop burst opens up lanes and frequently gets him out of trouble. Keeps legs pumping through contact. Outstanding balance and low center of gravity makes him even more difficult to bring down. Experienced in pass protection. Above-average route runner that can move the chains with screens and swing passes. Plays fast in pads, but seems to lack a true top-end gear. Split carries with a Georgia signee as both a sophomore and junior. Still managed to impact games and put together some highlight-worthy runs. Figures to work his way into the rotation early on in college career given his ability to not only consistently pick up positive yardage, but also contribute in passing situations. Could eventually emerge as the workhorse for a Power 5 program. NFL upside.

Allen is the second blue-chip running back for Penn State in the 2022 class, joining Pennsylvania native and fellow four-star prospect Nicholas Singleton. This marks the fifth time James Franklin has taken two running backs in class since arriving at Penn State (Nick Scott and Mark Allen - 2014, Saquon Barkley and Andre Robinson - 2015, Noah Cain and Devyn Ford - 2019, Keyvone Lee and Cazziah Holmes - 2020).

Penn State's 2022 recruiting class is now up to 19 members and currently ranks No. 3 in the nation.